Clean water is essential to survival and a water purification kit is the best way to get clean, drinkable water. Unclean water can lead to bacterial or viral infestation which then leads to diaharrea which then leads to dehydration which then creates a viscious cycle repeating itself as you seek more water. There are a variety of different methods for cleaning water – from boiling it to treating it to filtering it.
Sawyer Water Purification Kit
There was one key aspect missing from my basic survival kit – a water purification kit. There are numerous options and approaches. From simple chlorine tablets to very complex and expensive filtration and distillation systems. I chose a middle of the road model from Sawyer.
I particularly like this unit for my survival kit because it can process four liters at a time, it is small enough to be easily portable, it is easy to clean by back flushing and it is good of millions of uses.
Problems with Water Purification Kits
There are some problems with water purification kits. The most obvious problem with filter based kits is the need for either replacement filters or a method for cleaning the water filter. This water purification kit has a reverse operation method that flushes the filter quite a few times prior to needing to replace the water filter.
Another problem with water purification kits is the taste of the water. Filtered water has a distinctly different taste than what most of us are used to. Since that’s the case, I highly recommend that you include some condiments in your survival kit list
. Clean water is absolutely a required part of any survival situation. I highly recommend that you add a water purification kit to your survival kit list.